Hottest Pepper in the World? Here’s What Many People Don’t Actually Know

HOTTEST PEPPER IN THE WORLD – Here are some of the hottest peppers across the globe and their Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) level in ascending order.

10. 7 Pot Red (Giant) Pepper

The 7 Pot Red (Giant) Pepper is also called the Giant 7 Pot Red Pepper. It is a product of cross-breeding several 7 hot peppers. It has less than a million SHU.

7 Pot Red (Giant) Pepper

9. Ghost Pepper

With 1 million SHU, this chili pepper is also called “Bhut Jolokia” which means poison pepper. It is a product of interspecific hybrids in Northeast India.

Ghost Pepper - Hottest Pepper in the World

8. 7 Pot Barrackpore Pepper

Usually found on the island of Trinidad along the Caribbean, the 7 Pot Barrackpore Pepper has 1.3 million SHU. It is usually confused with other peppers because of its common out skin but its conical body makes it different.

7 Pot Barrackpore Pepper - Hottest Pepper in the World

7. Naga Viper Pepper

This chili pepper is a product of the efforts of chili farmer Gerald Fowler. Its cross-breeding includes three (3) types of the hottest peppers across the globe. It has 1.3 million SHU.

Naga Viper Pepper

6. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” Pepper

With more than 1.4 million SHU, the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” Pepper also got the title for being the hottest pepper in the world for a time. It is usually found on the island of Trinidad along the Caribbean.

Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” Pepper - Hottest Pepper in the World

5. 7 Pot Primo Pepper

The cross-breeding of this chili pepper includes the Naga Morich which makes it different from all the other 7 Pot variants. This has 1.4 million SHU.

7 Pot Primo Pepper - Hottest Pepper in the World

4. 7 Pot Douglah Pepper

Most peppers are either red or green in color. In the case of the 7 Pot Douglah Pepper, it is harvested when its skin color turns brown. It has around 1.8 million SHU.

7 Pot Douglah Pepper

3. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper

See how red it is? This type of chili pepper got more than 2 million SHU. In 2012, it was awarded as the hottest pepper across the globe during the New Mexico Chile Conference.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper

2. Pepper X

Based on the article, Pepper X has more than 3 million SHU. However, such claim is unofficial as its breeder, American chili pepper breeder Ed Currie, was not able to receive a response from the Guinness World Records. He made an official testing request in 2017.

Pepper X - Hottest Pepper in the World

1. Carolina Reaper Pepper

This is the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper Pepper. It has more than 2 million SHU and was produced by American chili pepper breeder Ed Currie who did it through cross-breeding.

Carolina Reaper Pepper

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